Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Back in the Saddle

We've been home for a week today and the jet lag is almost behind us.  Yesterday, I started making lists and getting ready for the next two months.  Sounds a little uptight?  Well, lists work for me and keep me on track plus, there are a number of things that I have to get done before January when I start teaching again.

Then, there's Christmas.

One of the things I did yesterday was take stock of my knitting projects.  Which ones have to be done for when.  I just added two small projects for two friends in France.   Winter in Provence is mostly single-digit weather that can be cold because of the humidity, which makes it perfect to wear woollens.  I am knitting each one fingerless gloves that they can pull up or down because there's no thumb gusset.  Toast is the pattern that I have used to make at least ten pair of these already.

Espresso for Nelly who is an authentic "autumn" and New Jeans for Élisabeth who has favored navy this fall for her new wardrobe purchases.

It's good to be home and to get on with my Canadian life.  Yoga, meditation, knitting, sewing,  cooking, weight lifting, and stationary bicycling are on the agenda for the next two months.  With a sprinkling of outings, reading circle meetings and a couple days work-for-pay, the next two months are gloriously stacked up for fun and productivity.

Tristan is off to Chicago to begin his first round of interviews for residency, Damien is working full-time as a personal coach and doing a course towards qualifying for his next training and Vlad is working part-time with student teachers until he gets the call for his hip surgery in December or January.

In the meantime, I'll be writing in my gratitude journal, catching up with friends and steering the family ship into a fun and relaxing Christmas holiday...



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